Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (193)

Seán Haughey


193. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health when he will commence the provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22861/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was enacted in October 2018. In November I commenced 23 of the 31 Sections of the Act including to provide that:

From 12 November 2019:

- Alcohol advertising in or on public service vehicles, at public transport stops or stations and within 200 metres of a school, a crèche or a local authority playground will be prohibited;

- Alcohol advertising in a cinema will be prohibited except around films with an 18 classification or in a licensed premises in a cinema;

- Children’s clothing that promotes alcohol will be prohibited.

From 12 November 2020:

In mixed retail outlets alcohol products and advertising are confined to one of the following:

- an area separated by a 1.2 metre high barrier; or

- units in which alcohol products are not visible up to 1.5 metres height; or

- up to three units that can be a maximum of 1 metre wide by 2.2 metres high.

In addition alcohol products can be contained but not be visible in a unit behind the counter.

From 12 November 2021:

- Alcohol advertising on a sports area during a sporting event, at events aimed at children or at events in which the majority of participants or competitors are children is prohibited;

- Alcohol sponsorship of events aimed at children, events which the majority of participants or competitors are children and events involving driving or racing motor vehicles is prohibited.

The current position with Minimum Unit Pricing is that a revised Government Decision is necessary before it can be commenced as the Government Decision in 2013 which approved the implementation of a minimum unit pricing regime did so on the basis of a similar regime being introduced simultaneously in Northern Ireland.

The provisions on the labelling and advertising of alcohol products will be commenced following the finalisation of the regulations related to those measures.